Grammy Winning Songwriter J.Lauryn Mixes Dark Themes With Reggae Vibes In Her Newest Single & Music Video ‘Bad to the Bone’

The Independent Artist & Hawaii Native's First Solo Track in Five Years Synchronizes with Halloween Season and Filipino American History Month

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LOS ANGELES, /PRNewswire/ — Grammy Award Winning 8x RIAA Platinum Selling Songwriter and Independent Artist, J.Lauryn, is taking a unique approach with her latest single, “Bad to the Bone,” by blending elements of horror with reggae influences. The track, her first release in half a decade, marks a notable comeback and is available now for streaming on all platforms alongside the official music video on YouTube.

‘Bad to the Bone’ is the debut single from her forthcoming album, slated for a 2024 release. As a fully-independent artist, J.Lauryn has impressively taken on multiple roles in the creation of this project. Not only did she write and perform the song, but she also shares production credits with Sam Yun. Her talents extend beyond music as well; she orchestrated her look in the music video, handling hair, makeup, choreography, and wardrobe duties personally.

With a special Friday the 13th release date, ‘Bad to the Bone’ and its corresponding music video is a timely celebration of the Halloween season. The new single is shrouded in a dark tone and features horror-themed lyrics that counts a chilling story of J.Lauryn as a mermaid vampire chasing her cold heart’s desire. Her vocals and sound mixing in ‘Bad to the Bone’ experiments with a reggae style that pays tribute to the island music culture of her hometown, Kailua, Hawaii. This stylistic choice is further enriched by her admiration for reggae legend Bob Marley and her own deep connections to the genre, highlighted by her Grammy win for her contributions to Ziggy Marley’s self-titled Best Reggae Album in 2017. In the single, J.Lauryn delves deeper into her reggae origins, intertwining them with her Filipino heritage—an especially poignant move as the song drops during Filipino American History Month.

“It’s empowering knowing I have the resources and ability to create and fund my music independently with my accomplishments as a professional songwriter, especially as a female AAPI in the industry,” said J.Lauryn. “I’m dedicating this new music to my hometown of Hawaii and I’m excited to represent my culture and love for Island Music.”

J.Lauryn has worked with some of the biggest artists in pop music. Her prolific songwriting skills have landed her credits on chart-topping albums, notably contributing to hits such as Post Malone and Young Thug’s ‘Goodbyes’ and BTS’s ’00:00 Zero O’Clock’, both of which have soared to #1 on the Billboard 200 Charts. Her versatile talent in songwriting extends beyond these achievements, encompassing work for a diverse array of artists including BlackPink, Jackson Wang, (G) I-DLE, Pia MiaTy Dolla $ign, Tyla Yaweh, French Montana, and ONE OK ROCK.

“J.Lauryn is a true visionary, artist, songwriter, & producer. Her latest single showcases her unique storytelling and is paired with musical elements that tap into her reggae roots. It’s an honor to have co- produced with her,” said Sam Yun, co-producer of ‘Bad to the Bone.’


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